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hi anna. what are you thinking about skiving? generally the little workshop on culford mews is the easiest place to go for small batch leather working tasks. they definitely have a splitter, and i’m pretty sure they have a bell skiver of some sort. but if you can give me a description i might be able to help out if that’s not suitable
Hi Sebastian, Thank you! I need to skive pre-consumer waste leathers, but they are not all of the same thickness or quality, and the people I had used before had a 'wonky' splitter so the leather ended up in shavings!!
The other solution was just to skive the seam allowance. I haven't used the workshop on culford mews before but that is a GREAT idea! I will reach out to them. But any other thoughts gratefully received!
I have also massaged the leather with coconut oil to soften it, but it's still pretty rigid, and hard to sew without skiving the seam allowances.
a standard bell skiver should handle most apparel and footwear leather for the purpose of seem allowances. you’d need a different machine for heavier leathers like belting or sole thicknesses. if it’s a small batch you could do it by hand. or maybe “get someone to do it”. fiebings 4 in 1 is probably the best leather conditioner i could suggest. not sure what’s in it though